Combine warmer weather with Easter and Autism Awareness Month, and we have a calendar full of fun for special needs families. As always, we’ll also be adding more events for special needs families to the calendar all month long. So make sure to check it often and look under the “special needs” category for easy searches.

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation has many adaptive programs every month but we’re especially excited for Adaptive Sensory-Friendly Family Night at the Monon Community Center on April 27 from 6-9 pm. For just $15 families can roast hot dogs and make the perfect s’mores on the patio, enjoy fun lawn games, board games, and puzzles, or choose to “camp-out” inside while watching a sensory-friendly movie. Register your family here.


April Special Needs and Adaptive Activities

JMF Adaptive Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 10 am-Noon

Children of all ages and abilities are welcome to join the Joseph Maley Foundation Adaptive Easter Egg Hunt at St. Luke Catholic School. Advanced registration is required.

Autism Awareness Block Party & Easter Egg Hunt with The Indiana Institute for Behavior Analysis

April 20, Noon-4 pm

The annual Autism Awareness Block Party at the The Indiana Institute for Behavior Analysis is geared toward families who have a child on the autism spectrum. Families can come to enjoy bounce houses, face painting, games, informational sessions and an Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12:30 and there will be nearly 2,500 eggs!

Special Needs Egg Hunts with The Well

April 20, 2 pm

Join The Well on April 20, 2019 for their biggest event of the year. Complete with games, prizes, and even the Easter Bunny. As in previous years, there will be three separate groups: an Adaptive Egg Hunt, with magnetic eggs that can picked up with poles; Sensory Friendly Hunt, which is a quiet egg hunt with little stimulation; and a Family Egg Hunt for children who can hunt unassisted but have developmental delays. Family games and activities will run simultaneously to the egg hunts, so stick around to play for a while before or after your hunt!

Adaptive Preschool or Youth Fishing with Carmel Clay Parks

April 27, Preschool: 9:45-10:30 am, Youth: 10:45-11:30 am

Join your child and enjoy a morning of fishing together. No experience necessary. Fishing poles, tackle, and bait will be provided. Support staff will be present to ensure that each kiddo will have a successful day fishing. Please meet at the West Commons main shelter and the group will head over to the lagoon together. Registration required.

Autism Ability Fest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

April 27, 10 am-4 pm

The Autism Ability Fest is a great opportunity for the community to come and have fun while learning more about autism resources and services. The FEST will have: a resource fair with exhibitors talking about their autism resources and services; a job fair for individuals with autism to meet and talk with potential employers wanting to hire individuals with disabilities; and a carnival area with bounce houses, entertainment, games, and more.

FREE Sensory Friendly Day at Conner Prairie

April 29, 10 am-2 pm

Join Conner Prairie for a free Sensory Friendly Day in the Welcome Center. This day will be a free opportunity for families to connect with local organizations that can assist them. The Makesmith Workshop, Create.Connect, Craft Corner and Discovery Station will all be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Gift Shop will also be open during those hours.